Cooke Optics lenses enhance storytelling on Star Trek: Discovery S4

Season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery will bring viewers further into the story than previous seasons, as lead DP Philip Lanyon adds shooting in full frame to his creative look with Cooke Optics (1.8x) Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus SF (Special Flare) prime lenses, to supplement the (2x) Anamorphic/i SF lenses that have been used since Season 2. Although each lens range has … Read more

Cooke adds to Full Frame family with two Varotal/i FF zoom lenses and Panchro/i Classic FF range

Cooke Optics has announced the launch of two exciting additions to its expanding range of Full Frame lenses. Two new Varotal/i FF zoom lenses bring leading-edge modern design and materials to this historic line of zoom lenses that were first seen in 1971, while the extensive Panchro/i Classic FF range offers the beloved vintage Speed … Read more

Cinematographer Diana Olifirova makes her series debut with Cooke lenses

Cinematographer Diana Olifirova chose Cooke Anamorphics to film We are Lady Parts, Nida Manzoor’s anarchic and irreverent music comedy about a Muslim female punk band – called Lady Parts – who are on a mission to find a lead guitarist and maybe, just maybe, get a proper gig. It was the first time Diana and Nida … Read more

Cooke lenses used for Mayday by director Karen Cinorre and DP Sam Levy

“When you’re preparing a film you can indulge in dreamy conversations – it’s an essential part of the process that gets infused into the work. But once you’re on set, and the clock is ticking, you find yourself a passenger on a moving train. Sometimes it’s a slow-moving train, but that train is moving. This … Read more

Cooke Optics announces Roger Flynn as new non-executive director

Cooke Optics announces the appointment of media industry veteran Roger Flynn as a new non-executive director to its board of directors. Flynn is an investor and non-executive director in media, technology, and travel businesses following a successful executive career in several international organisations, including CEO of BBC Ventures, commercial director of Virgin’s Media division, and … Read more

Cooke lenses bring out the sensual world of ballet in Birds of Paradise

Just the word ‘ballet’ brings wonderful classic images to mind. To capture those images juxtaposed with the modern world for Birds of Paradise, director of photography Shaheen Seth relied on Cooke Optics S7/i Full Frame prime lenses for director Sarah Adina Smith, who not only adapted the A.K. Small novel for the screenplay, but also happens to be his wife.   Produced for Amazon Studios, Birds of Paradise tells the story of two girls … Read more

Power Book III: Raising Kanan takes a look back to the 1990s with Cooke lenses

In the 1990s, almost every DP in New York was using the Cooke Optics S4/i for commercials, music videos, and independent features, according to Aaron Medick, one of the DPs on Power Book III: Raising Kanan, who also became lead DP  in the second season for Power Book II: Ghost after starting as B camera/Steadicam operator and moving up to DP for Power, which launched the franchise for cable and streaming service Starz. So, it should come … Read more

Cinematographer Larry Smith ASC BSC uses Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses for The Forgiven

Writer-director John Michael McDonagh and cinematographer Larry Smith ASC BSC faced a race against time in the face of a threatening global pandemic to capture the vibrant colours and contrasting scenes of the Moroccan landscape for the feature film The Forgiven. The film, starring Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes and Matt Smith, was shot on Cooke Anamorphic/i … Read more

Vintage Cooke Speed Panchro lenses bring nostalgic look to The Sixth Reel

With a film featuring a more mature cast, set in the world of movie memorabilia, The Sixth Reel’s DP Jendra Jarnagin immediately gravitated to vintage Cooke Speed Panchros to capture a natural look while flattering older skin.  The humorous and heart-felt caper follows Jimmy, an old Hollywood-Obsessed New Yorker who is one of an extended community of discerning – and extremely … Read more

Cooke Mini S4/i Prime lenses bring a specific look to No Loss // No Gain

When writer/director Christian Rousseau envisioned the look of No Loss // No Gain (NLNG), he knew that the two worlds the film would portray would need to be photographed differently, but the idea of using completely different lenses from two different manufacturers was not part of the initial plan — until cinematographers John Sedlack and Kate Steinhebel had to switch which unit each would photograph.  … Read more

Cooke Optics’ lenses bring reality to the dual worlds of AMC’s Kevin Can F**k Himself

In the comedic dual worlds of Kevin Can F**k Himself, coming to AMC in the summer of 2021, cinematographer Adrian Peng Correia relied on Cooke Optics S7/i Full Frame prime lenses for the striking visual voice of reality as opposed to the surreal world of the 4-camera sitcom world.  Kevin Can F**k Himself is the story about a woman (Annie Murphy) who keeps playing a perfect housewife. Then, … Read more

Cooke S4/i lenses transform ‘Meet Your Master’ online expert interviews into intimate conversations

Director of Photography Alexander Hackinger has brought a cinematic yet intimate ambience to the Meet Your Master German series of inspirational and entertaining online courses with the use of Cooke S4/i prime lenses and ARRI Amira and Alexa Mini cameras.   Produced by Wolff Brothers, Meet Your Master is an online education platform enabling viewers to sign up to learn from specialists in their fields. … Read more

Cooke Optics appoints Adrian Keane as chief financial officer

Cooke Optics has appointed Adrian Keane to the role of CFO. Reporting to CEO Tim Pugh, Adrian will be responsible for all financial aspects of the business as it continues to grow operationally and geographically.   With over 30 years of financial and commercial experience at the highest levels across a range of industry sectors, from manufacturing to transportation, Adrian has a proven track record of delivering and managing strategic … Read more

Isaac Vila chooses Cooke S7/i Full Frame lenses to film Netflix’s Below Zero

For cinematographer Isaac Vila, the choice of lenses is the most important decision of all when planning a feature film. For his latest project, Netflix’s Below Zero, which has quickly become a breakout hit globally, he chose Cooke S7/i Full Frame lenses, creating the perfect atmosphere for this action thriller. The Spanish Netflix Original follows the events after … Read more

Cooke Optics appoints Andy Buckland as director of product management

Cooke Optics has announced the appointment of Andy Buckland to the newly created role of director of product management. Reporting directly to Tim Pugh, CEO, Buckland’s new role includes responsibility for developing Cooke’s product roadmap, including launching forums to enable the design and development team to engage more effectively with our diverse range of customers and users.   Buckland brings extensive experience from … Read more

Cooke Optics donates historic archive of original documents and photographs to AMPAS

Cooke Optics, the manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has transferred the Cooke Archives, an historic collection dating from 1886, to a new permanent home at the Margaret Herrick Library. The  library is the main repository of research materials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, located in Beverly Hills, California. The Cooke Archives, which includes documents, photographs … Read more

Cooke Optics announces Iain Neil as new chief optics advisor

Cooke Optics has announced that multi-award-winning lens designer Iain Neil has accepted the role of chief optics advisor.  Neil will provide support for Cooke’s team of in-house lens designers and support the company’s plans to develop next-generation lenses that will keep Cooke at the forefront of the industry.  Neil is the recipient of 12 Academy … Read more

Jose Luis Bernal AEC chooses Cooke Anamorphic/i SF for second season of HIERRO

Following the worldwide success of its 2019 debut, the second season of HIERRO recently premiered on Movistar + in Spain, once again featuring the photography of cinematographer Jose Luis Bernal AEC who this time relied on Cooke Anamorphic/i SF (Special Flair) lenses to create a new look for the series. Created by brothers Pepe and … Read more

Filmmaker Dekel Berenson and DP Volodymyr Ivanov explore their creative collaboration on Anna

Israeli born British filmmaker Dekel Berenson is inspired by the stories of brave and determined women worldwide. Karen Pyudik finds out about his latest creation Anna and collaboration with Ukranian DP Volodymyr Ivanov. Dekel Berenson wanted to construct Anna out of the five stories connected thematically, with his creative analysis theme being individuals who experience … Read more

Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses add visual clarity to Behind Her Eyes

Cinematographer Felix Wiedemann, BSC chose Cooke Optics’ S7/i Full Frame Plus prime lenses to shoot Behind Her Eyes, a six-part mystery-drama for Netflix. Based on the eponymous novel by Sarah Pinborough, the story follows Louise, a single mum with a son and a part-time job in a psychiatrist’s office. Louise begins an affair with her … Read more

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